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Certificate of Graduate Study in Psychiatric Rehabilitation

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Psychiatric Rehabilitation is a 24-credit-hour graduate specialty program designed to equip human service professionals for work with individuals with severe mental illnesses. This cross-disciplinary program introduces students to the characteristics of severe long-term mental illnesses, assessment, treatment, rehabilitation methods, and the recovery process.

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Psychiatric Rehabilitation is designed to meet the needs of students seeking a rehabilitation counseling or other related graduate degree, individuals seeking a specialty certificate (pre- or post-master’s), and non-degree seeking students needing courses in psychiatric or mental health areas for continuing education credit. Courses within the certificate program are appropriate for rehabilitation counselors; counselors; social workers; educational psychologists; marriage and family counselors; majors in psychology, public health, sociology, nursing, or education; or individuals pursuing vocational or personal interests in the area of psychiatric rehabilitation or mental health.

Admissions Standards

Applicants to the Certificate of Graduate Study in Psychiatric Rehabilitation must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Admissions decisions are made on the basis of an overall evaluation of the applicant’s preparation and ability to complete advanced study. Particular attention is paid to the applicant’s work experience, practice interests, leadership ability, and motivation. Appropriate supporting documentation for admissions include: GRE scores or MAT scores, transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work, written statement of goals for graduate study, work and volunteer experience, and references. Applications are made electronically through the Graduate School and, when all materials are received, are reviewed by the Rehabilitation Counseling/Psychiatric Rehabilitation program faculty.


All courses are available online and most courses are available in person. Students electing a distance education option must have a computer with Internet access and be willing to attend an orientation meeting on campus at the beginning of study. Periodic in-person meetings, if requested by the course instructor, are also required.

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Psychiatric Rehabilitation requires 24 graduate credit hours. The curriculum includes four (4) required classes, three (3) electives, and one (1) field study.

Required Courses (12 semester hours)

  • NPSY 755 Fundamentals of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • NPSY 756 Vocational Implications of Psychiatric Disabilities
  • NPSY 757 Psychopathology for Counselors
  • NPSY 758 Classification and Assessment of Mental Disorders

Electives (9 semester hours)

The following are recommended:

  • NPSY 760 Addictions Rehabilitation
  • NPSY 761 Dual Disorders
  • RHAB 714 Rehabilitation Assessment OR
  • Any course from Rehabilitation Counseling Master’s Program OR
  • Another course as approved by the Program Director

Students may choose from a broad list of electives including other graduate -level courses from the University of South Carolina or other accredited colleges or universities as approved by faculty.

Field Study (3 semester hours)

  • NPSY 890 Independent Study

Application Information

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